Arson prevention pays off in Hertfordshire.(News)

Arson attacks in Hertfordshire have fallen by nearly 40 per cent thanks to ongoing prevention work.

The government recently praised fire services for the "outstanding" work which has driven down arson attacks across the country. According to the Arson Control Forum annual report, in the year ending December 2004 there were 75,800 deliberate fires--clown by 21 per cent on 2003. For the same period in Hertfordshire figures fell by a massive 38 per cent.

Arson is behind more than half of all the property fires in the UK today causing 100 needless deaths and 2,500 injuries a year. Motives range from revenge, fraud, and crime concealment to simple vandalism and fire play. …

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